David Wolf’s North American experiment has come to an end as he has decided to return to the Hamburg Freezers, according to the team’s announcement on Twitter.
The Calgary Flames signed the big forward to a one-year, $925,000 deal for the 2014-15 campaign after Wolf recorded 14 goals, 26 assists, and 152 penalty minutes in 48 games with the Hamburg Freezers of Germany’s top league.
Wolf’s tough play made it easy to link him with Flames president Brian Burke’s preferences and that belief only grows stronger with the knowledge that Wolf was invited to a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect camp when Burke was the general manager back in 2012.
The undrafted 25-year-old ended up spending most of 2014-15 with the AHL’s Adirondack Flames where he recorded 38 points and 168 penalty minutes in 59 AHL contests. However, he also participated in three regular season games with the Calgary Flames and logged 10:25 minutes in Game 2 of Calgary’s second round series against the Anaheim Ducks.
The Calgary Flames announced that four players accepted qualifying offers on Wednesday: Bill Arnold, Kenny Agostino, Drew Shore and Bryce van Brabant.
General Fanager lists the contract details as such (all one-year contracts): Arnold takes in $824,500, Agostino receives $735K, Van Brabant lands $874,125 and Shore gets $850,500, at least at the NHL level.
Shore (pictured) carries the most robust top-level resume. The 24-year-old has appeared in 78 regular season games during his NHL career, including 11 with the Flames in 2014-15, generating three points. He also played in one Flames playoff contest.
Agostino, 23, has played in eight NHL games, all with Calgary in 2013-14. Arnold and Van Brabant are also 23 and have received a cup of coffee at the NHL level.
Calgary forward Micheal Ferland, who enjoyed a breakout performance in April’s playoff win over Vancouver, is no longer facing a civil lawsuit stemming from an incident outside of a bar in July 2012.
More, from the Globe and Mail:
Legal firm Ruttan Bates says Jayson Eyma has dropped a civil lawsuit against Ferland over a scuffle outside a bar.
The law firm says Ferland has dropped a counterclaim in which he was seeking damages for the fight and for malicious prosecution.
Eyma had alleged that Ferland sucker-punched him in the face, fracturing a bone that required surgery.
Ferland, who was acquitted of criminal charges, has always said he was defending himself, his aunt and his girlfriend from an unprovoked attack.
His lawyers say he did not make any settlement payment.
Ferland, 23, made his NHL debut this season with Calgary, scoring two goals and five points in 26 games.
Against the Canucks, he quickly made a name for himself with thunderous hits and tenacious forechecking; all told, he finished the postseason with three goals and five points in nine games, including a three-point effort in the series-clinching Game 6 win over Vancouver.